'Look what you're missing', businesswoman tells employers who wouldn't give her a job

The Bolton News: Beverley Holland includes dog walking among her services Beverley Holland includes dog walking among her services

YOUNG-at-heart 61-year-old Beverley Holland has sent out a defiant message to the hundreds of employers who would not even give her an interview for a job.

“You don’t know what you’re missing,” she said, after successfully launching her own domestic services business, Helping Hand.

Ms Holland had an extensive CV, having worked on reception at places like the Bolton headquarters of Reebok in Silverwell Street — before it moved out of town — and a string of temporary assignments while working for the Forrest agency.

However, when her father died and her mother started suffering from dementia, Ms Holland, of Fourth Avenue, Heaton, became a full-time carer.

It was after her mother died that Ms Holland’s “soul destroying” visits to Bolton Job Centre began.

She does not reach statutory retirement age until she is 64 and is determined not to use savings she has accumulated for her retirement before then.

“Regardless of the anti-ageism legislation, I am convinced there are numerous employers in Bolton who looked at the decade I was born in — the 1950s — and automatically dismissed any thought of giving me a chance,” said the mother of two adult children, who has a psychology degree from the University of Bolton after studying as a mature student.

“We keep being told by the government we are living longer and we all have to work longer, but this is impossible with the mindset so many employers have.

“They don’t even give you a chance.

“They don’t realise they are missing out on the talent and work ethic that many of us have.”

Ms Holland said she understood that it may look odd that there was a 10-year gap in her CV while she took time out from the working environment to care for her mother.

“But while caring for my mother, I was dealing with professionals from the NHS, Social Services, the financial sector and the Department of Work and Pensions,” she said.

“It was like doing a full-time job. But unless you can get in front of people in an interview situation, it is impossible to get this across.

“Everything is being done online, and employers don’t want to see you.

“The queue for the use of computers at Bolton Library is frightening. Ms Holland says she became so fed up with being rejected, she had 1,000 leaflets for the Helping Hand business run off and delivered them to affluent homes in the Heaton area.

“Now I have a really good client base,” Ms Holland, who includes dog walking, ironing, cleaning, and a wait-in service for deliveries, among her offers.

She also offers a weekly or monthly house clean, after-party cleaning, a moving house clean, and plant watering.

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6:07pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Lynn57 says...

Well done to you. This highlights a need in people born into a certain era. We do not get a chance of an interview but are expected to keep working until late sixties as the retirement age extends. We do not get benefits either.
Well done to you. This highlights a need in people born into a certain era. We do not get a chance of an interview but are expected to keep working until late sixties as the retirement age extends. We do not get benefits either. Lynn57
  • Score: 33

6:58pm Thu 19 Jun 14

MrUpton says...

Modesty is the most valuable asset you can have.

It's not something you can buy, earn , give, or receive but it is one of the most important things you can posses.
Modesty is the most valuable asset you can have. It's not something you can buy, earn , give, or receive but it is one of the most important things you can posses. MrUpton
  • Score: -17

12:52pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Lancashire always says...

MrUpton wrote:
Modesty is the most valuable asset you can have. It's not something you can buy, earn , give, or receive but it is one of the most important things you can posses.
What are you on about stop eating the Mushrooms and move away from the grill "

Well done Ms Holland good luck to you i may be giving you a call myself. x
[quote][p][bold]MrUpton[/bold] wrote: Modesty is the most valuable asset you can have. It's not something you can buy, earn , give, or receive but it is one of the most important things you can posses.[/p][/quote]What are you on about stop eating the Mushrooms and move away from the grill " Well done Ms Holland good luck to you i may be giving you a call myself. x Lancashire always
  • Score: 5

1:11pm Fri 20 Jun 14

CourtenayG says...

I agree with her. However, it's not just her, it's anybody. I get dismissed a lot of times and at 17, I really need a job but everywhere I apply, nobody gets back to me and I know I have lots to offer but say just because I didn't pass my GCSE maths, I am instantly branded as some stupid teenager who won't be able to do a job. It seems grades have actually glazed over the fact that years ago, it didn't matter what grades you got, as long as you could actually do the job, you were straight in. Too many employers are very judgemental and ignorant to the fact that apart from grades, a lot of people have loads to offer far more than these people with all A*'s as they never really learn any skills only how to pass exams and stay on the academic side.
I agree with her. However, it's not just her, it's anybody. I get dismissed a lot of times and at 17, I really need a job but everywhere I apply, nobody gets back to me and I know I have lots to offer but say just because I didn't pass my GCSE maths, I am instantly branded as some stupid teenager who won't be able to do a job. It seems grades have actually glazed over the fact that years ago, it didn't matter what grades you got, as long as you could actually do the job, you were straight in. Too many employers are very judgemental and ignorant to the fact that apart from grades, a lot of people have loads to offer far more than these people with all A*'s as they never really learn any skills only how to pass exams and stay on the academic side. CourtenayG
  • Score: 7

1:34pm Fri 20 Jun 14

MarkAllRead says...

Fair play to her for making her own future, but I'm not sure what it is that other employers are missing? Does she think that employers will be reading this and thinking they missed out on a gem? She's a receptionist that is now a cleaner.
Fair play to her for making her own future, but I'm not sure what it is that other employers are missing? Does she think that employers will be reading this and thinking they missed out on a gem? She's a receptionist that is now a cleaner. MarkAllRead
  • Score: -3

2:18pm Fri 20 Jun 14

immyg1971 says...

CourtenayG wrote:
I agree with her. However, it's not just her, it's anybody. I get dismissed a lot of times and at 17, I really need a job but everywhere I apply, nobody gets back to me and I know I have lots to offer but say just because I didn't pass my GCSE maths, I am instantly branded as some stupid teenager who won't be able to do a job. It seems grades have actually glazed over the fact that years ago, it didn't matter what grades you got, as long as you could actually do the job, you were straight in. Too many employers are very judgemental and ignorant to the fact that apart from grades, a lot of people have loads to offer far more than these people with all A*'s as they never really learn any skills only how to pass exams and stay on the academic side.
Keep trying, something will come up
[quote][p][bold]CourtenayG[/bold] wrote: I agree with her. However, it's not just her, it's anybody. I get dismissed a lot of times and at 17, I really need a job but everywhere I apply, nobody gets back to me and I know I have lots to offer but say just because I didn't pass my GCSE maths, I am instantly branded as some stupid teenager who won't be able to do a job. It seems grades have actually glazed over the fact that years ago, it didn't matter what grades you got, as long as you could actually do the job, you were straight in. Too many employers are very judgemental and ignorant to the fact that apart from grades, a lot of people have loads to offer far more than these people with all A*'s as they never really learn any skills only how to pass exams and stay on the academic side.[/p][/quote]Keep trying, something will come up immyg1971
  • Score: 4

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